At one time a woman who learned that her breast tumor had metastasized knew that she did not have long to live. At one time a metastasized tumor would be bound to spread quickly in the woman’s body. Now, however, thanks to the various treatment regimens, women have learned to live with a controlled metastatic disease.
There are three types of treatment for a metastasized breast tumor. One involves use of hormonal therapies, such as Tamoxifen or Arimidex. While such treatments typically have fewer side effects than chemotherapy, they only work for women who have an estrogen-positive breast tumor.
In 1994 medical researchers announced discovery of a genetic mutation that could cause breast cancer. They called it BRCA1. In 1995 other researchers found a second mutated gene, another gene that could cause breast cancer. They called that gene BRCA2.
Those discoveries helped to explain why some families had many family members who were beset with special problems. Some families found that many family members had an early onset of breast cancer; quite a few had a cancer in both breasts; some family members had cancer of the ovary (in addition to breast cancer) or knowledge of a male family member who had had breast cancer. Research in the field of cancer genetics had uncovered the reason for the high numbers of breast cancers in certain families.
Do you have frequent mood swings lately? Or are you experiencing hot flashes? If yes, then there’s a good possibility that you are entering the period of menopause. All women, sometime in their life, will experience menopause. Nobody is exempted from this fact; the same as every woman has menstruation.
There are many symptoms of menopause, and no symptoms are the same for all women. Some do not even feel any signs except for the fact that they have stopped menstruating. The menopause symptoms that you might be going through may not be experienced by your best friend who’s going through menopause as well. An effective way to know for sure that you are indeed experiencing the end of your menstrual cycle is if you haven’t had your period for the last 12 months.
Menopause is traditionally associated with women in their late 40’s and 50’s; grandmotherly types with graying hair and wrinkling skin. But did you know that menopause can strike women who are in their early 20’s as well? There is a condition known as ‘early menopause’ and this article will explain what early menopause is and what causes it.
First we need to differentiate between early menopause and premature menopause. They are both similar in that menopause sets in much earlier than the norm, but the difference is that premature menopause starts in women before they turn 40. Early menopause starts when a woman is between 40 and 45.
It’s a common misconception among people that sex after menopause does not exist anymore. This notion makes most women fear that their sexual life will not be as happy and as fulfilling after menopause. This misunderstood concept also resulted in judging older women to be plain and boring. Also the inability to bear children after menopause has no relation to the loss of sexual urges.
But experts say that sex drive should not lessen as people get older. In fact studies have found out that sexuality is an important factor in increasing the quality of our lives. In fact, sex after menopause, as with passion and romance, can be more pleasurable when you are 50.
Menopause evokes various responses from women of all ages. Some dread it, others shrug it off, still others don’t give it much thought since it is years into their futures.
The majority of women go though menopause between the ages of 45 to 55. However, approximately 1% of women experience menopause before they turn 40. When this happens, it is termed premature menopause, or premenopause.
Premenopause can happen to females as young as 15, although that is quite rare. Premenopause when using the term to describe early menopause, can be caused by cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation which damage the ovaries. Also, surgical removal of the ovaries will result in an early induced menopause.
A lot of body changes happen during menopause. And these changes sometimes bring some untoward medical conditions, like swollen ankles, which some women are suffering from. There are many causes of swollen ankles during menopause.
It can be as serious as an indication of diseases such as heart, kidney, and liver failure, or less complicated ones such as standing or sitting down too long, menstrual periods, pregnancy, too much weight, aging, injury to ankles or feet.
It can be that swollen ankles during menopause are brought about by medications and treatments. Menopause symptom remedies like Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), and estrogen in birth control pills, are also likely to cause swollen ankles.
Insomnia is a common symptom of menopause. However, insomnia often shows up years in advance of menopause, while still in the perimenopause phase so the association is not always evident. The fact is, the most common cause of insomnia is hormonal imbalance, so it is no wonder menopause and insomnia go hand in hand.
It has traditionally been thought that menopause and insomnia were linked because of hot flashes and night sweats which can interfere with the ability to sleep. However, it is now thought the connection lies in decreased levels of serotonin in the brain due to dropping estrogen levels in the blood.
Breasts are designed for one thing and one thing only: to nurse babies. Do you know that breastfeeding your baby is the healthiest thing you can do for them? Studies show that breastfed babies grow up smarter, healthier, and more immune to all kinds of diseases.
Society has placed such importance on women’s breasts always looking young, full and perky, that many women are afraid to nurse their babies because they don’t want their breasts to sag! Indeed, a lot of the women who get breast implants do so because they are ashamed of their “deflated breasts” from to nursing their children. It’s a shock to go from full and large nursing breasts to “empty tube socks flapping in the breeze” as one woman put it.
Many women develop large breasts during puberty and are unhappy with them because of all the unwanted attention that comes with an ample bustline, not to mention the backaches, painful shoulders from tight bra straps, not being able to jog, do aerobics, or feel “light” and “free”, and always having to sleep with a bra on. It’s also difficult to find a bra that provides enough support and looks pretty and feminine at the same time.
A girl that develops large breasts at eleven or twelve is also probably going to have to worry about a sagging bustline at eighteen or in her early twenties. Gravity is no friend to women! It’s ironic that although the obsession is with “big boobs”, “big tits”, “big hooters”, “big knockers”, “huge ta-tas”, or many other names that the owners of an ample bustline have heard all too often, the women who are blessed with them don’t always feel lucky.